Data Protection and the GDPR (Level 2)

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  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate course duration 2-3 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion

This Level 2 Data Protection and the GDPR online training course is a comprehensive, step-by-step explanation of the purpose of the GDPR, the duties and obligations it places upon organisations and individuals that handle personal information, and the steps that need to be taken to comply with the GDPR.

The Level 2 Data Protection and the GDPR online training course incorporates guidance provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the EU’s Article 29 Working Party, and identifies the key differences between the requirements of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) that it replaces.

The CPD Certification Service has certified this training course.

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Other online Data Protection courses

Data Protection and the GDPR Level 1  online training. Please note: Data Protection and the GDPR Level 2 training covers all the material in Level 1.

Who is Data Protection and the GDPR training for?

The Level 2 Data Protection and the GDPR online training course is suitable for all individuals who may handle personal data or have access to it.

GDPR Level 2 Certificate Example

When do I get my Data Protection and the GDPR certificate?

When you have successfully passed the course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

Your certificate will include the CPD Certification Service logo. Therefore you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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What does the Data Protection and the GDPR course cover?

The online course contains the following 9 topics:

1 – Background to the GDPR

The first topic describes the background to the GDPR. You will learn about why it is necessary to protect personal data. The topic identifies where and when the GDPR applies.

2 – Transfers of personal data

The second topic explains why the GDPR applies globally and why there are restrictions on the transfer of data. You will learn about the safeguards that must be in place before data can be transferred abroad.

3 – Personal data covered by the GDPR

The third topic describes the categories of personal data covered by the GDPR. You will learn about the difference between personal data and sensitive personal data. The topic also covers online identifiers, which are personal data in some circumstances.

4 – How personal data is protected by the GDPR

This topic outlines the purpose of the GDPR and identifies who is responsible for enforcing the GDPR. You will learn about what information you must register with the ICO. The topic also defines some important terms – Data Controller, Data Processor and Data Subject.

5 – The 7 data protection principles

This topic describes the seven data protection principles of the GDPR.

6 – The 8 rights of data subjects

This topic outlines eight data subject rights with examples. You will learn about what can happen when you ignore a data subject’s rights.

7 – Accountability and compliance

This topic describes some measures you can put in place to demonstrate compliance with the GDPR. You will learn about privacy by default and privacy by design. The topic also covers DPIAs, the role of the Data Protection Officer and the requirements of a contract between Data Controllers and Processors.

8 – Data breaches and the GDPR

This topic defines the concept of a personal data breach. You will learn when to report breaches and who to report to.

9 – Exemptions and partial exemptions

In the final topic you will learn about the categories of data that are exempt or partially exempt under the GDPR. The topic also identifies what is meant by a derogation from the GDPR.


Once you have completed the nine topics, you will be allowed to take the assessment. The course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the training course gives informative feedback so candidates can learn from incorrect responses.

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